What Are The Different Types Of Snags?

As we all know, property developers are guaranteed to come across issues throughout the process of building new homes. These snags are often cosmetic issues, but can be much worse and could be from defective workmanship that can cause problems in the near future. 

At After Build we recognise Snags as items which should have been correct at the point of legal completion, but aren’t. Anything arising after that time, is a defect. 

This can be quite difficult for homeowners to comprehend because they want to buy a home which won’t show so much as wear and tear for say, 5 years? However, snags are an inevitable part of being a property developer, and owners are bound to come across them in one way or another. But, what are the different types of snags? 

Due to the varied nature of new build construction projects, it is impossible to list all of the different types of snags. However, they do tend to fall into five different categories:

  1. Things that have been forgotten 

It isn’t uncommon for a ‘finished’ project to actually have things missing. Usually, these things are small and can easily be sorted out by a contractor. For example, this can be something as small as a missing door hinge.

  1. Poor craftsmanship 

This is generally regarded as the most common definition of snag/snagging. These snags can occur for lots of different reasons such as the workers not being up to the job, the design plans not being followed, or the job being rushed to save time and money. Poor craftsmanship is sloppy things, such as incomplete grouting in the bathroom.

  1. Design and material problems

Problems like this aren’t as common however, they do still happen. This type of snag is caused by the building being designed incorrectly or the wrong materials being used. These snags can be much more detrimental than other snags.

  1. Decoration 

Bumps, nicks, scrapes and chips in paintwork are the most common type of snag we identify. 

  1.  Fundamental Building Snags 

These are much more serious problems such as inadequate wall insulation for purpose or plasterboard installed and painted before it had completely dried. These will become obvious over time ad will hopefully only affect one property, not a whole site.  

Do you, as a developer, require assistance when identifying snags? Snagging surveys are used to highlight any problems in the property which the untrained eye may have missed. It is usually undertaken before exchange of contracts to ensure peace of mind for the purchasers. It also gives developers an opportunity to raise the concerns with contractors before they leave site. 

After Build carry out pre-occupation snagging surveys and de-snag surveys (which check that any snags in the first survey have been rectified). After Build will ask all questions required to determine whether the matter being reported is a legitimate snag and then inform you if any work needs to be completed by yourself. 


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